Watsonville Public Library, serving an area of 50,000 residents, has a collection of 120,000 books and periodicals; in addition, there are 5,000 CDs, records, cassettes and other audio materials, as well as 3,200 video items, such as DVDs and VHS tapes. Internet terminals are available for use by the general public.
Staffing consists of 24 employees, of whom 7 are fully accredited librarians, plus volunteers. The system comprises one central library and one branch library. Annual expenditures on the library collection total $280,000. Patrons make 340,000 visits annually, and check out materials 370,000 times. Thirty-seven percent of all check-outs are children's materials.